The Logical Problem Of Evil: Why Is There Evil?

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One of the most persistence questions we as thinking having often tends to challenge the existence of God. That question is, ‘if God is good and made us in His likeness, then why is there evil in the world?’ This question has plagued both theist and philosophers alike. I personally have encountered this very question in both Religious Quest, as well as Philosophy. While the latter concentrates on the logical problem of evil in order to argue that there can not be a perfect God who could then allow evil, the theist believes in an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent God. I have to admit, I too have argued both sides of this spectrum. The one thing that both studies can and do agree on, is the acknowledgment that the world is full of evil. …show more content…
It is an argument that has been debated throughout the ages, because it creates a contradiction, that these sets of beliefs can not all be true at the same time. Because if God were all-knowing, it seems that God would know about all of the horrible things happening in the world. If God were all-powerful, then surely there would be a way that God could handle and do something about all the evil in the world. Finally, if God were truly benevolent, then there must be something that God would want to do to ensure that there is no evil or suffering in the world. Yet nothing changes, because the evil continues in this world. As I stated, I was posed with this question in philosophy and told that as a "new philosopher", philosophically rational people should not hold inconsistent beliefs. Causing me to either rectify my belief in an Omni-God or give up one or more divine attributes to explain away evil in the world. I began to question perhaps God isn 't powerful enough to stop evil, maybe he 's not knowledgeable enough to know about it, or perhaps he 's not good enough to care about stopping it. My initial thinking was to look at the God described in the Old Testament, in which God was characterized as envious, petty and even jealous at times. If you look back, God didn 't seem opposed to wiping out an entire population just because of people 's bad …show more content…
A theodicy being an attempt to show that the existence of evil doesn 't rule out the possibility of God 's existence. What I can do is examine some of the most popular theodicies and argue a point for their validity. The most popular theodicy is called The Free Will Defense. This argument holds that God maximized the goodness in the world by creating free beings. Being free means that we have the choice to do evil things, a choice which some of us choose to exercise. This theodicy gains so many followers because it states that God does not create evil, yet evil can not be avoided without depriving us of our fundamental freedom of will. Moreover, the world without freedom would be an overall worse place. Through an examination of this explanation, it seems to preserve God 's goodness, because he created the best possible world. It also preserves his omnipotence and omniscience, because although he does know about evil and could stop it, the reason he chooses not to interfere is to ensure our freedom. Through this justification, I can see why this argument has become the most widely accepted. It checks off all requirements to explain away evil while maintaining that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent. However, the problem with the Free Will Defense is it only really addresses a certain kind of evil, known as

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